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October 20, 2014, 9:50 AM

Meridian, a private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, has named Greg Johnson as director of business development. His responsibilities will include expanding the company’s West Coast aircraft-management business and overseeing development of an FBO to be built at Hayward Executive Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area.

October 20, 2014, 9:40 AM

Satcom Direct (Booth 980) is seeking to boost knowledge of satellite communications and connectivity technology with a series of training programs aimed at aircraft operators. The Satellite Beach, Fla.-based company is arranging classes and seminars in Farnborough, UK; Geneva; Hong Kong; and Dubai with a view to boosting technological awareness in growing international markets. In 2015, it intends to introduce classes aimed more specifically at customers in the Americas.

October 20, 2014, 9:30 AM

For pilots who are transitioning into a turboprop or jet equipped with a Universal Avionics flight management system (FMS), the company has for many years offered FMS training at its headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., or at customer facilities. One of the problems with training, however, is replicating the FMS in the classroom, in a way that is realistic but doesn’t rely on taking an expensive real FMS off the shelf and wearing it out in frequent button-pushing sessions during training.

October 20, 2014, 9:10 AM

Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) announced that its Ovation Select cabin management system has been selected by PATS Aircraft Systems (Booth 4285) for installation on a Boeing BBJ2. According to Honeywell, the system is the “ultimate solution” for onboard high-definition entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.

October 20, 2014, 9:00 AM

Ensco Avionics is demonstrating the IDataMap plug-in of its IData Windows-based modeling toolset at this year’s NBAA convention (Booth 4577). IDataMap is a digital moving-map generator that enables designers to quickly create prototypes of two-dimensional moving maps for safety-critical cockpit displays or in-flight entertainment applications.

October 20, 2014, 8:50 AM

Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth 257) employed a variety of new plants, processes and procedures to speed completions of its new G650 flagship and get the aircraft into the customers’ hands sooner. The G650 was announced in 2008 and certified in late 2012. Since then, deliveries of the Mach 0.925 globe-spanning executive jet have set an impressive pace, in no small part due to the used of more monolithic parts on the aircraft and revamped assembly technology.

October 20, 2014, 8:40 AM

The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world
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October 20, 2014, 8:30 AM

TAG Farnborough Airport is no stranger to NBAA shows, said Brandon O’Reilly, who has now been in the CEO post for more than eight years. And this year he comes with good news from Europe, with a 6-percent improvement in business over the past 10 months, he added, “for the first time since 2008.”

October 20, 2014, 8:20 AM

Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation received an STC for a dual Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS upgrade for Hawker 800s equipped with Honeywell’s SPZ-8000 avionics suite. The STC includes the NZ-2000 6.1 version 03040 operating software, and it can also be applied when upgrading the Hawker 800 to Honeywell’s retrofit Primus CDS/R avionics, which replace the original CRT displays with modern LCDs.

October 20, 2014, 8:10 AM

Italian fabric manufacturer Alcantara is well known in the luxury aerospace, yacht and automobile industries for its cabin coverings, and here at NBAA 2014, OmnAvia Interiors is exhibiting the Milan-based company’s “Discovery” collection of aircraft interior fabrics in the U.S. for the first time.

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